Alternatives for Unity in Precise Pangolin 12.04 LTS

Installing Cinnamon.

We all know unity sucks. This part is already dealt with here. Now one option is to install Gnome 3. which is dealt with here. Another option is to install Cinnamon. It is a standard Desktop environment supported by LinuxMint. Cinnamon is based on Gnome 3.4 but it uses a task bar like interface instead of Gnome Head-On-Display. It is stable and it works fine. At least worth trying once. To install it open terminal and type following command to install PPA repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

(Say yes at next question. Please note the 'stable'. There is an option to add Nightly version but those are unstable.)

Now update the system with following command:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install the Cinnamon by typing following command:

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Choose Cinnamon at next startup. It will boot into Cinnamon. Happy computing Linux. Never give up.

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Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc). Some of these packages include the libdvdcss package from VideoLAN and the external binary codecs package (commonly known as w32codecs) used by MPlayer and xine. It’s installation is required for a smooth multimedia experience. The home page for complete documentation is: Medibuntu.

However following command does the most of it:

sudo wget –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get –quiet update && sudo apt-get –yes –quiet –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get –quiet update && sudo apt-get –quiet upgrade

Copy and paste the above in terminal. Hit enter and this is done.

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VideoLAN – VLC media player for Ubuntu Linux

Installing VLC Media Player

In Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat 10.10 the Graphical way:

Open Synaptic application
Click on System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager.
In Settings -> Repositories, make sure you have an universe repository activated.
Search for vlc and install it. You should install vlc-plugin-pulse and mozilla-plugin-vlc as well.
If we are interested in streaming or trans-coding, we should additionally install:
libavcodec-extra-52 from a multiverse repository.

Command line way:

First check that a universe mirror is listed in your /etc/apt/sources.list file. If not add it. Now Open Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

For More help see: VideoLAN – VLC media player for Ubuntu Linux.